"Providing survivorship care plans to primary care physicians could help to enhance care coordination and boost physician confidence; however, a recent study indicated that only a small number of primary care physicians are receiving these plans from oncologists.
For the study, a nationally representative sample of 1,130 medical oncologists and 1,020 primary care physicians were surveyed about follow-up care for breast cancer and colon cancer survivors. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Forsythe and colleagues found that 49.1% of oncologists reported always or almost always including a treatment summary. However, only 20.2% of oncologists always or almost always provided a full survivorship care plan, defined as a treatment summary plus a follow-up plan."